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Texas de Brazil vs. Fogo de Chao

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(Hope I spelled that right.) Anyway, taking a group of four guys out for dinner tomorrow night and I was wondering which one of these is the preference. I read some of the past posts on these places and it seems most people prefer Fogo over Texas.

Has anyone been recently? Thoughts?

I have had Texas de Brazil once for the lunch and thought it was really good and I have eaten at MasterGrill (Garland Fire Wheel Center) and although it wasn't Texas de Brazil I thought it was pretty decent.

Any input would be appreciated.

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  1. I've always preferred Fogo de Chao over any of the other Brazilian places.

    1. I've never gone back to either after trying Betchie's Brazil.

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      1. re: air

        Well Betchie's Brazil is right down the street from my house; so tell me something about it. I have my brother coming into tomorrow night and three more friends; we are having his "bachelor party" and this is where he wants to go.

        I can't find much at all about Betchie's on the web but I am hearing a LOT about Fogo and of course Texas de Brazil.

        1. re: Dallassooner

          Sorry, misspelled it! You aren't gonna find much about Betchee's Brazil since it's smaller, locally owned. as opposed to being a huge chain like TX De Brazil or Fogo. Don't be surprised if most people haven't heard of it.

          Anyway, I like them because they emphasize more authentic food as opposed to the other big churrascarias, where I felt overwhelmed by meat.They also offer fish and chicken dishes and I feel that I got a better value than the bigger chains because of the larger variety of food. Also recommend drinking a caiprinha, their's is delicious.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caipirinha

          The quality at TX De Brazil/Fogo is really unpredicatable too from my past experiences. I have gotten some meats that were not cooked enough, while others tasted like they were cremated. FWIW, if you are contemplating Rafain, almost every meat I had there was ridiculously overcooked. Betchee's is good about consistently serving medium-well done meat.

          If you want to see the Guidelive review, use the keywords guidelive Brasil Brasileiro. Guidelive isn't running very well right now so you have to use Google's cached review under their old name, but everything still applies.

          I've had their lunch buffet but not sure how dinner works. You may want to call them and ask.

          1. re: air

            I agree with Air. Betchee's is more home-style cooking.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5267...

            We go there for the lunch buffet once a month. We've never had a Rozidio there, but their beef and chicken on the buffet are very good.

      2. Personally, I don't think you'll go wrong with any of the 3 places mentioned. The differences are very slight. Just come hungry and make sure you have a high limit on your credit card.

        1. I have heard that Boi Na Brazil is better than either of the two mentioned by the OP. That said, it is in Grapevine, so a bit of a haul.

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          1. re: Jayzee

            Thanks, I think we have decided to go to Texas de Brazil. Seems from everything I have read that Fogo has a little bit better meat, while Texas has better sides and is $7 cheaper.

            I am going to try Betchie's Brazil sometime since it is so close to my house and reasonably priced.

            I will report back this weekend on my experience. Thanks for everyone's posts.

            1. re: Dallassooner

              Great choice, Fogo used to be worth the difference. But now they have trimmed quality of meat and dessert. The chocolate cake isn't made to order anymore - it's complete junk.

              Enjoy Texas de Brazil!

              1. re: Dallassooner

                FYI regarding Betchee's, when you are driving down Arapaho, the sign still says Brasil Brasileiro, with a Brazilian flag.

                1. re: air

                  The mojitos at Texas are wonderful. I love the salad selection too, yum.